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Lightning Gods and Feathered Serpents: The Public Sculpture of El Tajin (Linda Schele Series in Maya and Pre-Columbian Studies)

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El Tajin, an ancient Mesoamerican capital in Veracruz, Mexico, has long been admired for its stunning pyramids and ballcourts decorated with extensive sculptural programs. Yet the city's singularity as the only center in the region with such a wealth of sculpture and fine architecture has hindered attempts to place it more firmly in the context of Mesoamerican history. In Lightning Gods and Feathered Serpents, Rex Koontz undertakes the first extensive treatment of El Tajin's iconography in over thirty years, allowing us to view its imagery in the broader Mesoamerican context of rising capitals and new elites during a period of fundamental historical transformations.

Koontz focuses on three major architectural features--the Pyramid of the Niches/Central Plaza ensemble, the South Ballcourt, and the Mound of the Building Columns complex--and investigates the meanings of their sculpture and how these meanings would have been experienced by specific audiences. Koontz finds that the iconography of El Tajin reveals much about how motifs and elite rites growing out of the Classic period were transmitted to later Mesoamerican peoples as the cultures centered on Teotihuacan and the Maya became the myriad city-states of the Early Postclassic period.

By reexamining the iconography of sculptures long in the record, as well as introducing important new monuments and contexts, Lightning Gods and Feathered Serpents clearly demonstrates El Tajin's numerous iconographic connections with other areas of Mesoamerica, while also exploring its roots in an indigenous Gulf lowlands culture whose outlines are only now emerging. At the same time, it begins to uncover a largely ignored regional artistic culture of which Tajin is the crowning achievement.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780292718999
Author:
Koontz, Rex
Publisher:
University of Texas Press
Subject:
Antiquities
Subject:
Mexico
Subject:
Latin America - Mexico
Subject:
Archaeology
Subject:
Tajâin Site (Mexico)
Subject:
Totonac sculpture - Mexico - Veracruz-
Subject:
Sculpture & Installation
Subject:
Native American
Subject:
Archaeology-General
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Linda Schele Series in Maya and Pre-Columbian Studies
Publication Date:
20090431
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
141
Dimensions:
11.30x8.70x.70 in. 1.60 lbs.

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Art » Sculpture » General
Arts and Entertainment » Art » Sculpture » Technique
History and Social Science » Archaeology » General
History and Social Science » Native American » General Native American Studies
History and Social Science » World History » Ancient History

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